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Unique Places LLC Forms GIS And Design Group

on May 23, 2015 - 9:43am
ALBUQUERQUE  Unique Places LLC, based in New Mexico and North Carolina, recently formed a wholly owned subsidiary in New Mexico named Unique Places GIS & Design. 
The new GIS and design group will provide highly specialized GIS consulting, custom map production and other design services to better serve existing and potential clients from across the country. The new group will primarily focus on GIS services related to natural resource issues, but will also service other client segments including human and community services, transportation and business logistics.

Letter To The Editor: Facebook Dilemma

on May 23, 2015 - 9:40am
Los Alamos

When one tries to become more independent of Facebook, it can lead to some surprising results, and I have had to deal with one that has me effaced. 

My friends who were a part of my account keep getting invitations to be friends. After trying to rectify the problem, if you are still getting notices, and this goes for any other person having the same problem; unfriend the person
who has been seemingly sending such notices repeatedly. 

It is only mechanical. It eliminates the account successfully, and the person who has unsubscribed does not know.



Bathtub Row Brewing Grand Opening May 29-30

on May 23, 2015 - 9:29am
BRB News:
Bathtub Row is brewing up community in Los Alamos with the grand opening of the town’s first craft brewery.
Three years ago, a collective vision by community members to create an atmosphere similar to a neighborhood English pub has transformed into a full-fledged cooperative –– only the fourth such co-op in the nation.
Grand opening festivities will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Friday, May 29, and continue that evening with music, food and new beer releases. Celebration activities will continue 3-9 p.m. Saturday, May 30. 
The idea to align the

Letter To The Editor: Only You Can Control Your Personal Carbon Footprint

on May 23, 2015 - 9:23am
Los Alamos
Here! Here! T.J. Taub, does anybody who is in favor of plastic bags know how many MILLIONS of gallons of petroleum it takes to produce these plastic bags
every year?
Each and everyone of us plays an important part in how we interact with our environment here and now to protect our wildlife and our planet from further damage. It's totally self centered and naive to think that we can't make a difference.
YOU, and only YOU can control your personal carbon footprint.

Legislation Introduced To Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

on May 23, 2015 - 9:16am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba.
Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications.
Smartphones also are unusable in Cuba, and the few Cubans who do have access to cellular technology

Letter To The Editor: 'Thank You Alan Wadlinger'

on May 23, 2015 - 9:07am
Los Alamos
Thank you Alan Wadlinger for the timely letter regarding White Rock Visitors Center. In its present configuration, I agree this beautiful tourist facility says ‘NO’ to Los Alamos, loud and clear.

The first big issue is that the facility is expensive:
  • $100,000 annual fee paid by Los Alamos County to LACDC to run WRVC; and 
  • $150,000 paid by Los Alamos County for ‘free shuttles’ to take visitors to Bandelier. 

That is a quarter of a million dollars spent to efficiently shuttle people out of town.

The second issue is that in several years of operation, WRVC has not

IIE Announces 160 Study Abroad Scholarships

on May 23, 2015 - 8:57am
IIE News:
NEW YORK — Leading up to its centennial celebration in 2019 and building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, the Institute of International Education launched Generation Study Abroad® in 2014 to double the number of students who study abroad each year.
With less than 10 percent of American college students studying abroad, IIE is taking action to enable more U.S. students, especially those who are typically underrepresented in U.S. study abroad, to participate in an academic, internship, or service-learning experience abroad.

IIE has announced a first round

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee Meets May 26

on May 23, 2015 - 8:52am
LAC News:
The next meeting of the newly established Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Municipal Building Room 330.
The public is welcome to attend meetings of the committee. The committee has not yet determined a regular meeting time, date and location.
The purpose of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee is to identify and review the various issues that must be addressed in order to prepare Los Alamos County for the opening of the Park.

Sign Up For YMCA Earth Service Corps This Summer

on May 23, 2015 - 7:59am
YMCA News:
YMCA Earth Service Corps is an innovative service-learning Summer program that gives middle school youth the opportunity to develop leadership skills and create a more sustainable future.
Committed youth, YMCA staff, and adult volunteers work together to plan and carry out service learning projects that promote positive environmental and social change. Youth develop as leaders, learn about the environment, get involved with their communities and, most importantly, LEARN BY DOING!
Participating in YESC is a unique opportunity for youth and adults to work together to

James Carothers Playing Ashley Pond Tonight

on May 22, 2015 - 8:38pm

Community Bids Gerry And Audrey Washburn Farewell

on May 22, 2015 - 8:25pm

Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn remarks at how much he and Gerry Washburn do NOT look alike. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Gerry Washburn receives a pillow from teacher Bernadette Ziomek and her 5th grade class. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Gerry and Audrey Washburn. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff Report

The community turned out with members of Los Alamos Public Schools to say good-bye Thursday to Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and his wife Audrey.

The farewell event was celebrated in the gymnasium at Mountain Elementary

Los Alamos County Officials Discuss Projects And Initiatives During Washington, D.C. Trip

on May 22, 2015 - 7:23pm

From left, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, Councilor Rick Reiss, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich,  Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz in Washington D.C. this past week. The Los Alamos contingent met with Heinrich and other members of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation along with various DOE, NNSA and other federal officials to discuss County projects and initiatives. Photo by Seth Kirshenberg/Kutak-Rock

From left, Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Councilor Rick Reiss, Council Chair Kristin Henderson, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Jemez Mountain Trail Races Take Place May 23

on May 22, 2015 - 6:59pm
Runners on Canada Bonita Trail at Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Andrew Thien
Jemez Mountain trail race flags. Photo by Andrew Thien
JMTR News:
The Jemez Mountain Trail Races take place this Saturday, May 23.
These are a wonderful community event that starts and finishes at the Posse Lodge and take full advantage of our beautiful mountain running trails. 
The event includes a half marathon, 50 kilometer and 50 mile race. More than 600 runners have registered, with 400 from out of town.

Videos: Police Dash Cam And Neighbor's Cell Phone Capture Aspects Of May 15 Cheyenne St. House Fire

on May 22, 2015 - 3:16pm

Smoke from the May 15 house fire in Tsikamu Village could be seen from the Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The home at 913 Cheyenne is now boarded up following the May 15 house fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

  • Snippets of the May 15 house fire at 913 Cheyenne St. where captured on video

Watch Police Cam Video Here. Watch Neighbor's Cell Phone Video Here.

Friday, May 15, a single structure fire occurred at 913 Cheyenne St., in Tsikamu Village in Los Alamos. Cpl.

Prevention Is Key To Fire-Safe Memorial Day Weekend

on May 22, 2015 - 10:53am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest would like to remind the public that despite all the recent moisture, the potential for wildfires is always present. 
At this time there are no fire restrictions on the forest; however, visitors are encouraged to be fire safe. It does not take much time for weather conditions and fuel moisture levels to change and increase the risk of wildfires. When building a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during and after you light it.
To help minimize the risk of wildfires, please consider the following:
  • If

LAMS 2014-2015 Hawk Student Athletes Of The Year!

on May 22, 2015 - 10:39am
LAMS athletes, from left, Hunter Swavely, Elijah Velasquez, Paulina Burnside and Neha Sadasivan. Courtesy photo
LAMS News:
Los Alamos Middle School Announces its 2014-2015 Hawk Student Athletes of the Year.
LAMS would like to congratulate the following students for receiving the Hawk Athlete of the Year Award for the 2014-2015 School Year:
  • For 7th Grade Boys: Hunter Swavely (Cross Country, Basketball, Track)
  • For 8th Grade Boys: Elijah Velasquez (Cross Country, Basketball, Track)
  • For 7th Grade Girls: Neha Sadasivan (Cross Country, Track)
  • For 8th Grade Girls: Paulina Burnside (Cross

Poll: What's Causing Bright Spots On Ceres?

on May 22, 2015 - 10:32am

Unusual bright spots discovered on Ceres. Courtesy/JPL

JPL News:

Can you guess what's creating those unusual bright spots on Ceres? Volcano, geyser, rock, ice, salt deposit, other?

On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even before the spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet, images revealed mysterious bright spots that captivated scientists and observers alike.

Until Dawn gets a closer look over the next few months, it's anyone's guess what those spots could be. So, go ahead! Cast your vote. See more

Albert I. Pierce Foundation Awards $5K Grant To PEEC

on May 22, 2015 - 10:17am
Kids enjoy digging in the dirt during Nature Playtimes. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Nature Playtimes are one of its most popular programs.
Offered free to families every Monday morning, the Playtimes combine fun, developmentally appropriate stories, songs, crafts and activities with time outside enjoying nature. Albuquerque’s Albert I. Pierce Foundation recognizes the worth of this program and the value it brings to families, and has given PEEC $5,000 to support it.
During a recent Nature Playtime, families explored an ant theme.

NM Congressional Delegation Introduces Bill To Expand Research On Rare Genetic Disease Affecting Hispanics

on May 22, 2015 - 10:12am
WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord, and affects people of Spanish descent, including many Hispanic New Mexicans.
The lawmakers’ bill, the Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Awareness, Research and Education Act (CCM-CARE) would expand National Institutes of

Leadership Los Alamos Holds Annual Board Retreat

on May 22, 2015 - 9:55am

The Leadership Los Alamos Board of Directors gathered for its annual retreat at the home of LLA Co-founder Sharon Stover. Board members include Brian D'Andrea, Cheryl Sowder, Debbie Reiss, Hawes, Deborah, Debbie Huling, Martha Katko, Carol A. Clark, Jason Lott, Melissa Metcalf, Nancy Coombs, Sharon Stover and Terry B. Priestley. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bill Wadt, left, facilitates Thursday's LLA Board Retreat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Members of the Leadership Los Alamos Board of Directors held their annual retreat facilitated by Bill Wadt

Registration Open For Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic

on May 22, 2015 - 8:57am
A 'lucky shot' at last year's Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Community members and golf fans are asked to put a team of four together and register now to participate in the 6th Annual Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic set for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

The tournament is a scholarship fundraiser for The Family YMCA.

The Griggs Memorial features a shot gun start/scramble that includes games of chance throughout the course.

LAHS Graduate Billy Cooper Commissioned In Marines

on May 22, 2015 - 8:47am

Los Alamos High School graduate William K. Cooper, center, known as Billy by family and friends, is a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, May 9, after graduating from the University of New Mexico (magna cum laude). Photo by Leland Lehman/

Billy Cooper is the oldest son of Frances and Lt.Col. Bill Cooper USMC (ret), second from left, of Los Alamos. Family and friends from Los Alamos gathered at Cooper's May 9 commissioning event.

Video: Heinrich's Call To End Mass Phone Surveillance

on May 22, 2015 - 8:10am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke on the Senate floor today calling on Congress to end the National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program.
He stated his opposition to reauthorizing Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act without making the necessary reforms to protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties.
Section 215 is the provision used by the NSA to collect the phone records of millions of law-abiding Americans. Sen. Heinrich is a cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act of 2015, a

Local Groups Partner To Provide Bike Helmets To Kids

on May 22, 2015 - 7:41am
Smith's Marketplace Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton and LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone show off the bike helmets that will be given to kids at the five local elementary schools. Smith's, LAPD and First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos worked together to make the donation happen. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The First United Methodist Church has been working on a bridge building effort with some community organizations.

“During my interview with Los Alamos Police Department, I learned through Ofc.

Espanola Valley Opera Guild: 'Opera, Wine & Cheese'

on May 22, 2015 - 7:37am